2019 Ballot Proposal
I served on the Co-op Board for 9 years (2000-2009). I was Board Secretary, Vice President and President. Our Board led a comprehensive process of member engagement that produced “Decisions 2000”, which continues in our current Ends Policy. We began the Sacramento Co-op Community Fund grant program. We revised the Merchandising Policy to include selling clean meat. We approved substantial patronage dividend payments in several years. We asked a member committee to review discounts on all member purchases. They recommended member appreciation days and other discounts. My priority today is member engagement as it was then. I believe that an empowered membership improves Co-op decision-making.
I am also running for the Board to improve management communication to staff, the Board, Co-op members and shoppers. For example, last year poorly communicated changes on discounts negatively affected staff, members and shoppers. The Board seemed largely in the dark about these changes.
If the proposed bylaws pass, a strong Board committed to member interests is necessary to write policies to implement the bylaws. If the bylaws do not pass, the Board will need to offer members a better proposal. Since 2009, I served on the Policy, Education and Election Committees. I was Co-chair of the Election Committee for the past three years and was recently reappointed to the Policy Committee. Other experience includes an M.A. in social anthropology and service on other community Boards of Directors. I will spend the time needed as a Director, represent the best interests of all Co-op members and work well with fellow Board members. You can call/text me at 916-747-4863 or email email@example.com. Please vote – we are stronger together!
I am the current President of your Co-op, and I’m running for reelection to the board of directors.
I have served as a director on the board for the past 5 years. Now, leading the organization as President has given me the opportunity to talk to so many of you about what you want for and from the Co-op we love. While we are a grocery store first, most of us would agree that the organization is so much more. The Co-op is a fixture and standard bearer for our community. And my work on the board will be to continue to enhance and develop our Co-op.
One key piece of my work has been in revising the bylaws to ensure a prosperous and stable future for the organization. Listening to over a thousand members make comments has been a rewarding experience. And while obviously not everyone agrees on all points, my role has been to promote inclusivity, and find our membership’s consensus on our direction. I hope you approve of the work we have done for you, and that you vote yes on our bylaws proposal.
As we move forward, my view of the next three year term is to continue to work hand in hand with you, my fellow members. We need to find ways to continue to expand our impact, both as a store and as part of our community, like our recent lease of the vacant Temple building next door, to expand our parking spaces, and create a big new opportunity for growth!
Vote CHRIS TUCKER for Board of Directors
My name is Glenn Carnahan and I have been a shopper for more than 10 years and a member since 2016. I currently work as a consulting Chief Financial Officer providing financial and strategic experience and leadership to small- and mid-sized companies going through periods of change and accelerated growth. Previously, from 2016 to 2017, I served as the Director of Finance for the Co-op. This position provided me with a deep understanding of the operational issues and challenges facing our store and the highly competitive marketplace we’re in.
I love the Co-op and believe in its founding principles. I’m proud that the store is locally owned and community focused. I appreciate the passionate and knowledgeable staff that help customers every day. And, I also believe in the principle that cooperatives are democratic organizations which allow members to actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.
I am running for a Board seat because of recent leadership failures. Over the last couple of years, I feel the Co-op has lost touch with its founding principles. Member’s voices have been tuned out. Transparency and honest communication need to improve. I know that I’m not alone in thinking the Co-op can do better.
I believe that new voices on the Board can change and improve the way our Co-op operates. I’m confident that my involvement can help advance Board leadership, especially when it comes to improving our store, providing better transparency and communication, and representing all members’ interest.
I believe that my operational insight and experience on the Board will bring positive changes to the Co-op.
The Co-op is a local gem and should continue to serve the Sacramento community by valuing its members and customers. I would put my solution-oriented mindset to work for the benefit of the Co-op as it seeks to continue providing high quality service and products for our community.
My name is Zina Kotko. A customer since the Co-op’s inception and a member for the last 14 years. I am currently on the Co-op Board Finance Committee and regularly attend Member as well as Board Meetings.
As a member of the board, I would work to foster trust and maintain clear lines of communication between the Board and Co-op members. Decision-makers should consider the views of all stakeholders and make decisions in line with the Co-op’s values and goals. My background in customer service, sales and business has prepared me to make thoughtful, balanced decisions as the Co-op grows.
From my neighborhood garden club, to the coop, I love getting involved in things I feel passionately about and is why I want to serve on the Board.
Retired from Fleming Foods after 19 years of reaching divisional goals, resulting in six promotions of increasing responsibility. I have extensive knowledge and experience in sales, retail pricing, finance, and marketing. Managed accounts amounting to six million dollars in annual sales, forming strong relationships with over 300 retailers.
Received many letters of appreciation from retailers noting my commitment to customer service, positive attitude, and problem-solving skills.
I would work hard to lead the Co-op in a direction that honors the grass roots support which has made the Co-op what it is today.
I humbly ask for your vote.
I love co-ops! When I was young, my mom would take me to bag groceries at our local co-op and I felt so empowered. It was an amazing feeling to know that our co-op was employing local people, helping to sustain our local economy and bringing good food to people who didn’t have access before. When it came time to start my career, it was a natural fit for me to work in the cooperative sector.
Now I work with food co-ops across America but it still doesn’t compare to being on the board of my own local food co-op. I moved to the Sacramento area from San Diego in 2016 and one of the first things I did was join the co-op. For me, the co-op is so many things; an exciting place to gather around food, a safe place to flex my democratic muscle and a promise of strength for the local economy. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of something so powerful?
I was appointed to the board in April of 2019 and I feel humbled to be a voice for our diverse membership, and to help strategically plan the future of the co-op – not many people get to serve in such an impactful way!
I would be honored to continue serving on the board of directors, I don’t feel like I’ve had enough time to make a lasting impact. I haven’t been able to really hear the voices of our membership or speak for the thousands of members who trust their board to lead the co-op into the future. It would be my extreme privilege to have your vote.